My goals for today as I stated before are to get my carbs down to about 100g, keep my protein up closer to 80-100g, and watch the quality of my fat. I am having a 'home' day due to some repair people who will be here most of the day, so my exercise will just be biking in the evening.
I am still dealing with the phenomenon of wanting to eat and eat every night after I get my daughter to bed. It's a bad habit that began way back before she was born, with my other kids. I used to buy something like ice cream, cookies, chips etc and hide it in the back of the freezer or cabinet so that when I got the kids to bed I could sit on the couch and watch TV and eat undisturbed. I never would binge in front of my children (or anybody else), so I'd wait for them to be asleep and then munch away at 9 or 10 or 11pm. And then I'd go to bed propped up with pillows so that I wouldn't wake up choking on my acid reflux in the middle of the night. It sucked.
I broke the habit when I started losing weight and blogging. I made a rule not to eat after dinner unless I was truly hungry, and then I could have a small protein snack like a few almonds or a string cheese or some plain, hot tea. I stopped the nighttime eating altogether until I started Medifast, when you're supposed to eat every 2-3 hours. That meant I had a mini-"meal" around 8 or 9pm each night. That was great for keeping blood sugar steady, but also meant I tend to get mentally "hungry" for something to snack on at night now, just from routine. And sad to say, after Medifast I let my evening snacks get bigger and bigger until they were derailing my weight loss efforts. Even now, I can go all day eating healthy and staying within my calories and carbs but then after I get the kids settled for the night, my mind tells me "great! Now what can we snack on while we relax?"
This is a habit I am working to break again. I am back to the "only if I am truly hungry" state. I brush and floss after dinner. If I really feel I need something before bedtime, I limit it to 100 calories or less and focus on protein. But my brain still has a tantrum for a big bowl of popcorn sometimes.
Something else I am considering is adding Chromium Picolinate to my supplement regimen. I take fish oil, vitamin D3, turmeric, glucosamine and chondroitin already. The chromium is supposed to help regulate blood sugar levels, cravings, and hunger and help with insulin resistance but I am doing some more reading before I decide. Do any of you take it or have any thoughts on chromium?
I hope the scale gives me at least a little bit of a loss this Sunday, but if not, I will keep tracking calories, exercising, and slowly lowering carbs until I see some results.
Monday Babble and Dhammapada
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